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Dark Challenge (Dark #5)

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Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect...

When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows...more
Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published November 27th 2000 by Love Spell
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Despite how much I enjoyed book #2, this is the book that makes the series pop for me. Maybe it's the fact that a Carpathian male is matched up with a Carpathian female of equal power, not a newly turned fledgling. It was nice seeing the female portrayed as someone with gifts that match her lifemate's.

This is the story of Julian Savage (Book #3-Aidan's twin brother) who has been a solitary hunter for nearly his entire existence. His lifemate is Desari, the younger sister of Gregori (Book #4), wh...more
Great paranormal, romantic suspense. Julian's story is especially interesting because we are introduced to a whole new family of Carpathians. The secondary story becomes just as interesting as the primary. With the total Carpathian series being a definite formula, this twist added all the interest needed to keep the reader riveted. The steamy scenes were also more thoughtful and easily skippable for those who prefer.
Centuries of hunting the undead had left Julian Savage ready to face the dawn, he only had one more task to perform for his prince. The safety of a singer, Desari, was in question after her name was found on a list. Arriving at the concert hall, Julian was amazed to find that even the security at the front door seemed to feel his presence. After seeing and hearing Desari, the color and light and emotions that flooded him left him unaware of the assassins in the hall. He was there to protect her...more
Timmysparks `~`Blahzin Phyre`~`
This was my favorite book in the series so far. I really loved Julian. I felt so sorry for him at his forced separation from his twin brother because of the vampire threats. Julian had such a great sense of humor and he didn't have the overbearing possessiveness that the other males in the previous books had. Desari was great too. She was really strong and powerful and was afraid to show it and put Julian in his place when he deserved it. They were such a great couple. I also loved Darius. The b...more
This one was really good. I loved Desari's story - finally a carpathian woman who's just as powerful (in some ways more) than her lifemate! The only thing that dissapointed me was the storyline between Barack and Syndil. What happened there? It seemed to me that they were lifemates but they couldn't work through Syndil's pain. And it was never explained... I don't understand. I hope there is more to their story later on in the series.
Carolyn F.
2nd time reading - this time by audiobook.

Finally a woman that doesn't fight fate! I loved how she saw how she felt and wasn't scared of it or blaming him for her feelings. I forgot how much I enjoyed this book.
this was better the 1st time around.
once u get past the initial coolness& sweetness,once u step back,it all seems rlly ridiculous. they lose emotion &color.its all rlly dramatic.
her stories&characters r so similar and predictable that it becomes a case of-will this girl be a singer or dancer this time? her storylines r all the same.she just changes the professions of the girls.wud be nice if she got more realistic &relatable characteres&jobs.
her dark series r so alike.a lot o...more
Yup! I was right, Julian and the singer, Desari.

And this definitely switched things up for me. It was even a bit feminist! (other reviews for this series here)

Let's get down to it!

So, as we know from Dark Magic, Julian, Aidan's twin, is pretty close to changing. In an effort to keep him going a bit longer, Gregori gives him the task of protecting a human woman the society thinks is a vampire.

Of course she's his lifemate.

But here's the good part: She's Carpathian!

OK, so back in the day, the Carpa...more
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

So this was my first Christine Feehan read. Of course I've seen her work throughout the years but have held off starting with such a favored author with many novels. I've found over the years that when I find an author I like I will likely end up reading all their work and it can take months to do.

Not sure why it made sense to me this last weekend to read one of her novels but it did and alas - it...more
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Heather Tisdale
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As I read more of this series, I find myself enjoying them more and more. I really liked that Julius found another Carpathian as his lifemate and even though Desari didnt know all the Carpathian ways, it seemed as though their connection was stronger. There was a bit of repetition in this book but it wasnt overwhelming. Looking forward to reading about Desari's brother, Darius.
Wendy Crisp
I will be very generous and give this two stars. There are a number of discrepancies in the story. Also, the girl's name is spelled differently (incorrectly) in different parts of the story, and I'm not confusing this with her nickname. One of the worst discrepancies though, is that these are Carpathians born in Romania. Yes, as children they moved to Africa but why would their names be Muslim or Arabic? (One was Barack of all things.. It made me sick.) During the story it is revealed to them th...more
Pat Cromwell
I was sketical about this book after reading Dark Gold. Julian is Aidan's twin and that is as far as it goes. Totally oposites, Julian's life mate is a Daratrazanoff so he had a chore ahead of him and he met it! He rose to the challenge of taming his lifemate (or so he thought!) and he had to deal with her obnoxious brother. He never wavered!
Jayne dArcy
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I loved the musical aspect and the knowledge that Carpathian woman have great powers. Another great love story to boot. And I was so glad to find that this twin conquered one of his past enemies.
This was a great romance story and loved the relationship between Desari and Julian who are both two strong Carpathian Ancients. Desari has a very special gift with her voice and is a very strong woman. I also loved all of the characters who are in her band. Darius is a strong Ancient through his bloodline and saved and raised 6 Carpathian children one of whom turned vampire. But they all have strong strengths in them and obey what ever Darius tells them as their official leader not knowing ther...more
I liked so many things about this book - a unique group of unknown Carpathians who travel and mingle with humans, Carpathian females with exceptional abilities, two strong-willed Alpha males trying to live together, a hero with a shadow of darkness in him, an emotionally damaged character, and an intriguing relationship between two minor characters. All in all, some interestingly different aspects to a story in the Dark series. I was curious about Julian since he'd been referenced in previous bo...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I'd give it 4.5 stars. These Carpathian books are really addictive. Julian was totally yummy. He was living large and in control. I thought Desari was a great match for him. She was an ancient too, and wasn't about to fall for the 'little girl' stuff. She actually gave him a reality check and he listened and appreciated her. They had a relationship of give and take, supporting each other.

I really loved the musical aspects in this story, how Desari could use her voice as a tool for helping the an...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
"Dark Challenge" is the 5th book in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series. This story focuses on Julian Savage, an ancient Carpathian, and twin to Aidan, who was featured in Dark Gold. Like all Carpathians, Julian drinks blood; he can shapeshift; he is telepathic; and he can not go out in the sun. The males of the species lose their ability to see in color and can no longer feel emotion after their 200th year. Julian is around 800 and is ready to end his existence. If a Carpathian man goes too lo...more
Andrea Hussey
This is my second favorite book out of this series.
I liked the whole concept about the Carpathians. This was really original and I’d never come across anything remotely like this. The women being rare and therefore precious and protected was sweet, and even the males’ arrogance was tolerable. I liked the fact that they couldn’t see colors or feel emotions without a lifemate. Even the term lifemate was cool to me.

But boy does this lady know how to beat something to death. The repetitiveness in t...more
Elaine White
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Shana (ReadingVixen)
MUCH better than the previous books! I'm glad the author finally stepped up and made the female protagonist stronger. The previous books had the main women characters too timid for my liking. They allowed the male protagonists to be TOO overbearing, TOO arrogant, and TOO obnoxious.

In "Dark Challenge," Julian tells Desari the same thing the others in the previous books said: "Your happiness and safety is placed above all things." "You're my lifemate; we belong together." "Nothing you can do will...more
Like so many of Christine Feehan's "Dark Series" novels they start off strong and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is very spicey and compelling. But I am finding that they sort of fizzel out. I wanted to like this one but started wondering who where these people? Other than the beginning plot I might have been reading "Dark Magic" or "Dark Gold." What made Julian different was why he kept himself apart from everyone and even his twin. That could have been really played up...but wasn't...more
The premise of the Carpathian books still makes all of these books worth reading. You're promised an angsty, hurting male and a lifemate to comfort away all his pain. I love the Carpathian books for that alone. This book does not fail to deliver on that. But the series does still suffer from some repetitive tendencies, particularly a few repetitive words over and over again. And the sexism in the books is enough to really annoy me.

This book brought in some refreshing differences from books three...more
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Sep 06, 2011 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: someone new to paranormal-Vampire books
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In this fifth installment of Christine Feehan's Dark Series (Carpathians) we once again meet Julian. Aiden's twin (see book 4 Dark Magic) who is a loner and on the edge of turning. Julian has been asked to warn a supposedly human singer that she may be hunted by human slayers. There Julian meets Dasari not human but one of a family of "lost" Carpathians. She of course is his lifemate and from there the story continues with Julian finding his place in Dasari's life and family.

The book was basica...more
Jenny Delandro
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Quinto libro della Dark series L’ho letto con la curiosità di trovare qualcosa di diverso dagli ultimi quattro,invece mi ha delusa un po’. La trama è molto semplice,Gregori,uno dei più antichi carpaziani, manda Julian Savage(fratello gemello di Aidan la cui storia è narrata nel Il principe vampiro- l’oro nero) ad avvisare la cantante Desari di stare attenta ad una setta segreta che cerca di ucciderli. Ma quando Julian ascolta la voce di Desari,il suo mondo inizia a risplendere di colori e lui ca...more
Duchess Nicole
I listened to the audio of this from Overdrive. I remember getting bored with this series a couple of years ago, but this was one of the few titles still immediately available, so I started it.

The beginning of the story is really good. Desari (sp?) is a singer with amazing talents. She captures audiences with her haunting voice, and the immensity of her popularity has captured the attention of the ancient Carpathians. Gregori sends Julian Savage to check out the singer and her band. They seem a...more
Ary89 - Romance e non solo
Quinto romanzo di una serie che sembra sempre più la stessa minestra solo
messa in un contenitore diverso...

Nuovo romanzo per la chilometrica serie Dark di Christine Feehan, dove vediamo come protagonisti i Carpaziani, creature dotate di poteri molto forti, come i vampiri sono costretti a uscire solo di notte, in più i Carpaziani maschi se non trovano la donna a loro destinata diventano cattivi e molto pericolosi… scoprono di aver trovato la loro anima gemella perché finalmente vedono il mondo a...more
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“Desari reached up to trace his lips. ‘You have a perfect mouth, Julian. An amazingly perfect mouth.’
He arched an eyebrow at her. ‘Just my mouth is amazing?’
‘You are such a man.’ Her eyes laughed at him. ‘You need constant reassurance that you are magnificent.’
He nodded. ‘Magnificent. I like that. I could live with magnificent. Good choice of words, lifemate.”
“No, they would not be happy to take my place at your side, cara mia, because I would promptly end their lives in a most unhappy way.’
‘You are such a caveman, Julian. You look tall and elegant and princely, yet you have not matured beyond the cave.’
…’I have no intention of riding above caveman mentality,’ he growled in her ear, his breath teasing tendrils of hair and sending little flames dancing through her bloodstream. ‘There are so many benefits for the caveman.”
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